Oh, a drinking fountain
In Milwaukee you will hear people ask, "where is the bubbler?", or something like that. Bubbler, for all non-native Milwaukeeans, is a drinking fountain or a water fountain. I have no idea the derivation of the name, but that is what they say.
Okay, I just looked it up, here is what Merrian Webster says, "Date: 1914
1 : a drinking fountain from which a stream of water bubbles upward"
Not a local custom, but a local issue...
You may have read my tip on the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), anyway, there is a crazy little spat between the Art Museum and a group that wants to build a pier building near by.
The new Pier Project is surprisingly similar looking in design to the Calatrava (MAM), and was originally set just near MAM. Recently, the pier project has said they will move south from MAM, which has helped some, but many, including Calatrava himself are not happy with the proposed design. It will be interesting to see what happens, personally, I would like to see a new design for the new project, but whatever happens it should add character to the lakeshore.
Okay, there aren't any real Polar Bears around Lake Michigan, but if you are in Milwaukee on New Years Day go to the lakeshore to see human polar bears. On New Years Day, it is a Milwaukee tradition for a few crazy souls to swim in Lake Michigan (I am in the back of the photo above, with my hand on the snow bank). This all takes place at noon on New Year's Day; The polar bears hop into Lake Michigan, but people cook out for hours beforehand on the snow covered shoreline waiting for the action.
Remember, it is coooooold in Milwaukee on New Year's, so dress warm. A little nutty, but quite an experience.
Cold water, cold air, little clothes...talk about shrinkage.
A Midwest tradition!! Bring your mini-grills, plenty of meat and beer and load up before the game. A great way to beat the high price blues of the ballpark.
Note about the photograph: No, my friend Taso (far left, wearing blue Cubs jersey) does not have one leg. And although I have a tendency towards shagginess, I don't usually look as unkempt.
Just one funny little thing--if you want to sound like a true Wisconsin-ite, ask where the 'bubbler' is when you want a drink from a water fountain. I don't know why they call it a bubbler, but I think it's cute!
Inside Sports in Winter
Okay, so it gets cold in Winter in Milwaukee...what to do. WhenI am visiting, my friends and I get our competitive juices going with board games.
The Sausage Race
Between the sixth inning of every Brewers home game a Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst and Hot Dog race from third to first base. A ton of mindless fun; the crowds love it!